Up for sale is this lovely antique commonplace/friendship book belonging to one Harriet Maria Brown of Pembroke, New York. The book contains a variety of poems, excerpts, etc. It is mostly full with approximately 50 pages of hand written content on 36 leaves. There are a few blank versos and rectos and just a couple of leaves which are completely blank. One of the pages has a lock of hair tucked into a small handmade pocket and another page has a loose lock of hair laid in.
A couple of pages have some nice calligraphy and another page has an entry that looks like it's written in some kind of secret code. There is also a small piece of paper containing handwritten poetry which is tucked between 2 leaves.
The book is illustrated with 5 nice steel engravings. The red leather covers have some moderate scuffing and wear with some chipping & loss to the leather near the head of the spine. The interior pages are lightly toned from age with some occasional foxing, soiling & grubbiness. Some pages have a bit of fading to the ink. A few pages may have a small chip or tear, creased page corner, light wrinkle, etc.
Most of the entries are dated to the late 1830's with a few from the late 1840's. The book measures approximately 7 3/4 inches by 6 1/4 inches. All in all a really wonderful old friendship journal. Please look at all of the photos to further note the condition.The item "Antique 1830s HANDWRITTEN COMMONPLACE BOOK Poetry Journal LOCKS OF HAIR Folk Art" is in sale since Thursday, January 28, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Manuscripts". The seller is "nevermore_antiques_and_books" and is located in Wallingford, Connecticut. This item can be shipped to United States.